Crime falls but vandalism up

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There were just over 300 fewer victims of crime in South Holland over the past year than in 2012-13, according to the latest police figures.

Reported crime in the area fell by eight per cent, on top of a 21 per cent fall in 2012-13.

House burglaries were down by 20 per cent in 2013-14, with 44 fewer victims, while out of 329 injury-related assaults in South Holland, 86 were in Spalding town centre.

However, bike thefts rose by more than 31 per cent from 38 in 2012-13 to 50 last year and criminal damage, including graffiti, rose by 18 per cent from 246 in 2012-13 to 291 in 2013-14.

Insp Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for South Holland, said: “I am very pleased that we have had a year-on-year reduction in crime. However, these figures show there is still a lot of work to do in areas that cause concern such as graffiti.

“Of course, crime figures are only one measure of our effectiveness and people should remember that much of our work is not linked to crime but to other incidents such as street drinking, welfare concerns, missing people, mental health issues and motoring offences.”

Figures for specific parts of South Holland in 2013-14 show there were eight house burglaries in Crowland and 34 in Holbeach, while non-house burglaries in Holbeach and Whaplode fell from 103 in 2012-13 to 70 in 2013-14, a 32 per cent drop.

Meanwhile, reported crime in South Kesteven (including Bourne and the Deepings) fell by just over one per cent.

Injury-related assaults went down from 184 in 2012-13 to 176 last year, house burglaries fell from 126 in 2012-13 to 95 last year and thefts from vehicles saw the biggest fall from 257 in 2012-13 to 145 a year later.

But reported criminal damage rose by 14.5 per cent from 289 to 331 and non-injury assaults went up from 162 to 167.

Insp Mike Burnett, neighbourhood policing inspector for Bourne and the Deepings, said: “Although we have seen a small reduction in crime, I would like to see further reductions in 2014-15.

“The most important aspect for me is ensuring the public have trust and confidence in the police by providing a good quality service.”